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Women Turn into Well Diggers in Drought Hit Kerala Villages

Over 300 women in Palakkad district started digging wells to find a solution to the acute water scarcity in the drought-hit villages of Kerala

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Kerala, July 13, 2017: The dearth of water in the hamlet of Kerala has turned women into well diggers. It is estimated that over 300 women in Palakkad district of Kerala have started digging wells to find a solution to the acute water scarcity in the drought-hit villages of Kerala.

When the first signs of drought in Kerela appeared, the women in the area made things easier when they began digging the wells with spades and shovels in October 2016.

None of the women had an experience of digging well in the past but the unfamiliarity with work was never a predicament in their way. Radha, a well digger was employed under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) for the past four years now.

“We never had any experience of digging wells. But our collective spirit helped us learn the trick easily. Now we have warmed up to it and most of us get into 80-feet deep without any fear,” said K Radha reportedly to HT.

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The president of Pookkottukavu panchayat, K Jayadevan, concludes that women dig wells with the same perfection as that of their professional male counterparts. 

Jayadevan told PTI, “The first well, dug by a group of women, under the scheme looked like a pit. But, as they took up more wells, they have perfected. The latest ones, made by them, are really structural marvels. This transition is the proof of empowerment attained by these village women.”

-Prepared by a Staff writer at Newsgram

 

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Cashless India: E-Governance Transactions in India cross Rs 1,000 crore in 2016 after PM Modi’s Demonetisation move

"Currently, the e-transactions have crossed Rs 1,000 crore, which is 33 per cent increase from last year"

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New Delhi, December 16, 2016: The total number of e-governance transactions in the country has crossed Rs 1,000 crore this year, the government web portal eTaal said on Friday.

The portal — which disseminates e-transactions statistics of national and state level e-governance projects — said the e-transactions increased by 33 per cent from last year’s Rs 760 crore.

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“Based on the analysis by eTaal, since 2014, there has been a mass increase in the number of e-transactions undertaken by the e-governance projects. The total e-transactions were around Rs 350 crore in 2014, and increased to Rs 760 crore in 2015,” eTaal said.

“Currently, the e-transactions have crossed Rs 1,000 crore, which is 33 per cent increase from last year.”

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The statement said the government web portal — etaal.gov.in — receives transaction statistics from web based applications periodically on near real time basis and presents quick analysis of transaction counts in tabular and graphical form to give quick view of the transactions done by various e-governance projects.

“Achieving Rs 1,000 crore e-transactions in 2016 is an indication of the speed of digital transformation in the government, and also an indication of the adoption of digital medium for transactions by citizens as an easy and convenient method of consuming e-governance services,” said Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

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The portal takes into account all e-transactions delivering public services from the government to citizens across categories such as agriculture, health, transportation, telecommunication and MNREGA. (IANS)

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External Affairs Ministry of India grants $1 Million to drought-hit Zimbabwe in Africa

Zimbabwe has been hit by the worst drought in two decades and thousands of people might be facing starvation by the end of 2016

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New Delhi, August 16, 2016: India has handed over $1 million as grant to the African nation,  following an appeal made by drought-hit Zimbabwe, the External Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday.

“Last week, Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe handed over $1 million to the government of Zimbabwe as a grant from the government of India in response to the appeal made by Zimbabwe,” the ministry said in a statement.

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“Accepting the grant, Misheck Sibanda, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, thanked for the quick response by the government of India to an international appeal made by Zimbabwe in the wake of El Nino-induced drought disaster,” it stated.

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Sibanda, according to the statement, said that Zimbabwe was happy with the sound relationship that exists between Zimbabwe and India in critical sectors of the economy such as small and medium enterprises, information and communication technology, energy, education and pharmaceuticals.

“India also announced that the logistical modalities are being worked out for the donation of 500 metric tonne of rice in the second phase of assistance,” the External Affairs Ministry said.

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Zimbabwe has been hit by the worst drought in two decades and thousands of people might be facing starvation by the end of this year, in 2016, according to reports. (IANS)

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